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USDA-Landia

August 22, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

In a world where bureaucrats decide what is healthy to eat, you might just go hungry.



Could Amazon Do for Rx Drugs What It’s Done for Retail Shopping?

August 22, 2017 by Logan Albright

Rumors are flying that Amazon.com has been hiring pharmaceutical experts and plans to expand its operations into the prescription drug business. While the company hasn’t done anything to confirm or deny these rumors, it would be a logical move for a business that aims to deliver everything from food to electronics directly to your front door. So, what would be the implications of a world where Amazon.com steps up as a health care provider?

In many ways, health care is the final frontier of ecommerce. While it’s possible to purchase practically anything online, there are still barriers that force patients to physically seek out doctors and pharmacists in order to obtain medicine. …



Tearing Down Statues Does Nothing for the Millions in Slavery Now

August 22, 2017 by Logan Albright

It seems bizarre that we live in a world where violence is erupting over cold, dead statues. I mean, I get it. People have strong feelings on both sides. Some view the statues as a symbol of oppression and slavery, others as a historical touchstone that should be remembered. It’s emotional.

But where emotions are involved, a little perspective is usually helpful. And while there’s nothing wrong with examining the sins of the past and trying to be respectful and considerate in the present, let’s not forget that the history of slavery didn’t end in the 1860s. According to the Global Slavery Index, nearly 46 million people are enslaved today in 167 countries. …



Charlottesville

August 15, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

Racism, nationalism, Nazism, socialism, and communism are all collectivist ideologies that lead people to do terrible things.

Denounce This Violence

Racism, white nationalism, Nazism, fascism, communism… are all collectivist ideologies that divide us and keep us from LIBERTY.

Posted by Free the People on Tuesday, August 15, 2017



When the TSA Admits It’s Not About Safety

August 15, 2017 by Logan Albright

As the irritable security guards waved me through the metal detectors with increasing urgency, I couldn’t help but think, “Well, this is odd.”

It was Sunday morning in Las Vegas, and despite my careful plan to arrive at the airport well before 7am, in the naive hope of avoiding crowds, the place was packed. Tourists and unsuccessful gamblers, their funds exhausted, flooded through the lines in a frantic charge to check bags and make it to their gates on time. So busy was it, in fact, that despite my early arrival, I was worried that the security line would take so long to navigate that catching my own flight would be a near thing. …



New Florida Law Lets Parents Challenge Garbage Textbooks

August 15, 2017 by Logan Albright

A new Florida law gives parents the opportunity to convene hearings to challenge the contents of public school textbooks. The law was created at the urging of a group of concerned parents who routinely found material they deemed objectionable in their children’s schoolwork.

Concern over public school textbooks is not a new thing. In fact, one of the major complaints against the Common Core education standards was the use of textbooks that promoted a one-sided view of American history, as well as math problems bordering on indecipherable. But the Texas-based company Pearson holds a practical monopoly on textbook production for public schools, and until now there was little parents could do to intervene on behalf of their children. …



Who’s to Blame for Suicide?

August 8, 2017 by Logan Albright

A young woman named Michelle Carter has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter for sending text messages that resulted in the suicide of a friend. The incident occurred three years ago, when Carter was 17. She was sentenced August 3 to 15 months in jail, but she had faced the possibility of up to 20 years.

The case is an interesting one, because it speaks to the nature of our society’s views on individual accountability, rights, and responsibility. Conrad Roy III was 18 when he was contemplating suicide, and messages from Carter egged him on until he finally went through with in it in 2014.

While Carter’s texts were undoubtedly cruel and heartless, the court’s decision to hold her responsible for a man’s suicide is concerning. …



Is It Time for Sanctions on Maduro?

August 8, 2017 by Josh Withrow

The last couple of weeks have been difficult for the already beleaguered people of Venezuela, as their socialist president, Nicolas Maduro, has moved closer to full dictatorial control of their country. In response, the Trump administration has reportedly been considering levying a crippling sanction against the importation of Venezuela’s number one export — oil.

What Maduro has done in Venezuela can reasonably be called a coup — a dismantling of the last vestiges of restraints on his power under that nation’s constitution. Taking a page out of his mentor Hugo Chavez’s book, he summoned a national referendum with the goal of neutering the country’s legislative body, which is controlled by lawmakers opposed to his rule. …



The Country Versus the Individual

August 8, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

Nationalism is another form of collectivism, putting the abstract idea of country ahead of the needs of individual citizens. “America first” puts Americans last.

The Country vs. The Individual

One man's story… When national greatness comes before individual opportunity.

Posted by Free the People on Friday, July 14, 2017



How Did Hamburgers Get So Darn Good?

August 1, 2017 by Logan Albright

What’s your favorite hamburger? Come on, unless you’re a vegetarian, you’re bound to have one. It’s a subject on which everyone has an opinion, and for good reason. Designer burger joints are everywhere, boasting artisanal ingredients and secret recipes, each offering something slightly different than its neighbors, all in an effort to please the savvy consumer.

Now let me ask a different question: what was your favorite hamburger five years ago? Odds are, it’s not the same as your current favorite, and isn’t that interesting?

The hamburger is at least a hundred years old, possibly much more depending on who you believe. It’s a simple sandwich, a ground beef patty between two pieces of bread, plus a slice of cheese if you’re lucky. …